Bucs Announce Price Hike On Tickets

February 15 – The Bucs announced Thursday that prices for the 2003 NFL season have increased between $2 and $6 per ticket. But some might consider that a small increase considering the fact that Tampa Bay won its first Super Bowl championship in 27 years last season.

Some would probably deem Tampa Bay's first Super Bowl championship "priceless".

But as it turns out, the Buccaneers' first Super Bowl title in 27 seasons will cost season ticket holders anywhere between $2 and $6 extra per ticket next season.

The Bucs announced the ticket price increase for the 2003 season on Thursday.

Ticket prices for the ‘03 season at Raymond James Stadium will be $65, $55, $49, $40, $36 and $25 per ticket. Ticket prices for club seats will be changed according to terms of their contracts.

"The Tampa Bay Buccaneers organization is committed to winning another Super Bowl," said Tampa Bay director of ticketing & suite relations Mike Newquist. "We are proud to still offer in our ticket pricing a $25 general seat ticket, which remains one of the lowest priced tickets in the NFL."

Your average Bucs fan would probably say that's small price to pay for a Super Bowl championship. And if season ticket holders are not happy with the price increase, they better think twice about giving up their tickets.

According the Buccaneers, there are over 50,000 people on the team's season ticket waiting list. Although season tickets are sold out, the Bucs put a limited amount of single-game tickets on sale just before the start of preseason every year.

Thursday's announcement marks the first time Tampa Bay has increased prices on tickets in two years.

History would suggest Bucs fans usually receive a return on their investment. Since 1998, Tampa Bay has posted a 30-10 regular season record at Raymond James Stadium. The Bucs are also 2-0 in playoff contests at Ray-Jay.

Tampa Bay will host Dallas, Green Bay, Houston, Indianapolis, New York Giants, Atlanta, Carolina and New Orleans at Ray-Jay during the '03 regular season. The Bucs will also play Jacksonville and Houston at Ray-Jay in preseason.

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